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And now the Coffee Party

February 26, 2010 - Jim Anderson
With the modern Tea Party movement marking its first anniversary, an alternative Coffee Party is springing up.


Coffee Party USA is profiled in today’s Washington Post, in a story by staff writer Dan Zak. The Coffee Party is “percolating” in at least 30 states, Zak writes. Its Facebook fans number more than 9,200.

The Tea Party, which claims to stand for fiscal responsibility, free markets, limited government and lower taxes, has 1,200 chapters. The Coffee Party also plays into dissatisfaction with the federal government, but resists the theme of engaging government as the enemy.

Annabel Park, 41, the Maryland resident whose online ruminations spawned the new movement, says people have to “relearn how to talk to each other, to deliberate.” The Post quotes her: “It’s also about regaining confidence that we can come together, that we can come to the middle and agree on things.”

But there is yet no platform, other than “positive solutions.”

From the Coffee Party’s Web site: “We will deliberate — carefully considering facts — on issues that concern all of us: health care, immigration reform, climate change, fair elections, better regulation of Wall St., civil rights, foreign policy, etc. We believe that after going through this democratic process, we will reach a consensus on some or all of these issues. We will then propose specific solutions to these issues.”

If that sounds like a watered-down Democratic Party as opposed to a caffeinated uprising, maybe you’re right. But we shall see.


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